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C Grade French 1886 M93 Lebel Rifle


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Just in from Africa! We now have original Model 1886 Lebel rifles in stock! These rifles were the first standard issue smokeless powder rifle ever issued to a large scale military and served the French military from the late 1800’s and during the First World War. This specific listing is for C Grade Lebels which need serious work and are ideal for projects and/or parts guns.

Please note: the photos shown above are of an “A Grade” condition Lebel rifle. The C Grade Lebels for the reduced price may have one of the following condition issues listed below.

These particular Lebels are in “C Grade” condition. They will have pitting and rust on the metal parts such as the receiver, bolt, barrel. etc. The wood furniture will have large cracks and missing sections of wood on the handguard and stock. The handguard or stock may be an Ethiopian replacement piece. The rifles are not guaranteed functional and may need some work to operate the bolt properly  (ex: bolt stuck in place, non-functional cartridge lifter, etc). The bores range from poor and heavily worn to good, we do not offer hand select bores on these C grade rifles. The barrel and/or handguard may be shortened. May be missing the front sight.  May have broken or missing small parts such as an ejector, stacking rod, extractor, and/or sling swivel. May be missing the magazine spring and follower. The rear sight may be damaged or missing on these rifles. These are the last of what we have!

Only a limited quantity available!

C&R or FFL required

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5 reviews for C Grade French 1886 M93 Lebel Rifle

  1. shanebrown4668 (verified owner)

    Well the old saying that you get what you pay for is definitely correct in the case of these. About the only good thing I can say about this is it was complete and not missing any of the metal components. And everying actually functional. Fore end was all busted up and missing a big chunk. Stock was an Ethiopian replacement . Bore was surprisingly clean and no pitting, but also lacked any rifling. Markings on receiver where completely worn off. I honestly didnt expect much when i ordered it. So not horribly disappointed.

  2. Robert (verified owner)

    I recently received mine and I have only been able to give it a preliminary cleaning and disassembly.
    The good:
    A Lebel for $300 these days!
    A receiver in decent shape and a barrel with visible rifling.
    Rear sling swivel, and barrel band complete.

    The Bad:
    Fore end is smashed with the forward 8in mostly missing.
    Nosecap is missing as is at least one part of the bolt.
    Elevator will not move and there is a screw missing attaching the buttstock to the receiver.
    The receiver has been badly wire wheeled. I suppose it took off plenty of rust but also took off most of the marking.
    The rear sight is completely missing including the bands that attach it to the rifle.

    Overall with shipping and ffl the price was about 375 and I did get that in parts but if you are expecting an easy project I would buy the B grade instead.

    RTI can you please stop wire wheeling these poor condition rifles? I would prefer to receive an ‘untouched’ rifle with messy rust that I can clean myself.

  3. ShawnAgler (verified owner)

    I have ordered three. All complete rifle minus one having the stacking rod missing, one missing the end cap with stocking rod and rear sight adjuster. One was missing nothing. Wood is very serviceable. You are NOT guaranteed bad stocks/missing chunks mine we all good stocks. Expect rusty though. These are projects/parts guns and you are buying as such. Very happy with mine.

  4. karlWoodham (verified owner)

    very rusty with the wood forend destroyed, outside of that the rest should clean up decent with just some minor issues. Problem is sourcing the forend parts are hard on this gun.

  5. CharlesOverholt (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with my rifle considering the price I paid. I received an 1887 produced Lebel with an excellent bore and complete rear sight. There is rust and pitting and finish loss, but nothing too bad considering it is a C grade. The rifle is missing the front sight (replacement already ordered) and all of the magazine components, which is unfortunate since they are so difficult to find. All of the wood is there, albeit with some patches and repairs. If these rifles were still in stock, I would purchase again.

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